dr-chinthika p. gunasekara

RESEARCH & PUBLICATIONS


 

Dr.  Chinthika P. Gunasekara

Dr. Chinthika P. Gunasekara PhD Immunology (Tokyo, Japan), M.Sc. Microbiology (Pune,India), B.Sc. Microbiology (Pune, India)

Senior Lecturer Grade I
Department of Microbiology

Telephone - Office : +94 11 2758645     Mobile : +94 71 8262860
E-mail : tdcpgunasekara@gmail.com


 

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS


  • PhD (Bio Medical Sciences) (2007 - 2011)
    Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan.
    Speciality : Immunology
  • M.Sc. (Microbiology) (First Class) (1998 - 2000)
    University of Pune, India.
    Speciality : Microbiology
  • B.Sc. (Microbiology). (First Class) (1995 - 1998)
    University of Pune, India.

 

 

RESEARCH INTEREST


Immunopathogenesis of infectious diseases and molecular epidemiology

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


Position Institution Year
Senior Lecturer Grade I Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 18th April 2017 to date
Senior Lecturer Grade II Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 18th April 2011 to 2017
Probationary Lecturer Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 10th Februrary 2003 to 2011
Visiting Lecturer MSc in Medical Entomology The Open University of Sri Lanka 2013 - 2014
Visiting Lecturer BSc special Microbiology University of Kelaniya 2005 - 2006
Visiting Lecturer MSc in Food Microbiology, Faculty of Science /University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2003
Visiting Lecturer Molecular biology. Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo 2003 - 2005
Assistant Librarian University of Colombo May 2002 to February 2003
Research Assistant Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 1st February 2001 to 30th April 2002

 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS


  • Awarded Japanese government Mombukagakusho scholarship (2007 - 2011) for PhD studies at the Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
  • Awarded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarship (1995 - 1998) for B.Sc. Studies at the University of Pune, India.

 

 

RESEARCH GRANTS


Completed

  • Serology and molecular markers for leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. World Class University project. PhD/01/2012 - 3 years Amount : Rs. 1,758, 100.00 (Principle Investigator) - 2013 - 2016 Grant completed
  • Association of serum cytokine levels with disease severity in patients with leptospirosis - Grant received from University of Sri Jayewardenepura - ASP/06/RE/MED/2013/35 Amount: Rs. 250,000.00 (Principle Investigator) - 2014 - 2015. Grant completed
  • Role of oral yeasts, phenotypic and genotypic diversity and antifungal susceptibility in patients with diabetes. - University of Sri Jayewardenepura - ASP/06/RE/MED/2014/08 2 years Rs. 800,000.00 (Co Investigator) from 2014 to 2016 Grant completed
  • Analysis of oral candida genotypes in diabetic patients and its antifungal susceptibility. Health ministry grant. 33/2-13. 2 years - Rs. 331,000.00 (Co Investigator) - 2014-2015 Grant completed
  • Diagnosis of upper gastrointestinal diseases using gastropanel in a dyspeptic patient population. University Research Grant ASP/RE/MED/2017/28 2 years. Rs 300,000.00 Grant completed
  • Use of novel biomarkers for early detection of gastric cancer. Cancer Research Grant 2016 2 years Rs 675,000.00 Grant completed
  • Microbial Biofilm Profiling of Diabetic Chronic Wound Infections using Molecular Finger printing. ASP/01/RE/MED/2015/41 Rs: 1,550,000.00 2015-2018 (Co investigator) completed

 

Ongoing

2015

  • Molecular markers for disease severity of leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. University research grant. ASP/01/RE/MED/2015/37 from 2016 - 2018 (Principle investigator)

 

2016

  • Diagnostic utility of selected novel biomarkers of acute kidney injury, among patients with leptospirosis ASP/01/RE/MED/2016/47 2 years (Principle investigator)
  • Role of the Microbial Biofilm and Matrix Metalloproteinases (MMP) and Tissue inhibitory Metalloproteinases (TIMP) levels in wound healing in diabetic Chronic Wounds (Co-investigator) ASP/01/RE/MED/2016/50 Rs: 1,434,000.00 2016-2019
  • Diabetic Chronic Wounds: Microbial Biofilm Profiling and Evaluation of a Predictor of Wound Healing (Co- Investigator) 67/2015 Medical Research Institute 2016-2018

 

2017

  • Determination of cytotoxicity of green silver nanoparticles produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa : a potent antimicrobial. University Research grant ASP/RE/MED/2017/30 2 years Rs 746,500.00 (Principle investigator)

 

 

AWARDS


  • Runner up (2nd Place) for best Poster presentation at General Sir John Kotelawala Defense University (KDU) Mayo Clinic USA International Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplant Medicine and Oncology conference. Held on 9th and 10th February 2018
  • Recipient of Presidents award for scientific publication for the year 2015.
  • Price for Third place in Oral Presentations at the Scientific Sessions 2017, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura 25th May 2017
  • Research award 2015 - University of Sri Jayewardenepura - In recognition of contribution of full articles published in an Index refereed journal - 29th September 2016
  • Research award 2014 - University of Sri Jayewardenepura - In recognition of contribution of full articles published in an Index refereed journal - 18th November 2015
  • Runner up- Poster presentation -Scientific sessions 2016, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Collaboration with Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital. "Evaluation of a simple and rapid microscopy technique for detection of leptospira." Sumaiha MHF, Damayanthi MKS, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Gunasekera TDCP
  • Best poster presentation - Scientific sessions 2015, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura. "Knowledge attitudes and practices on infection control among funeral industry workers in selected provinces in Sri Lanka." Abeykoon AI, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekara MM, Fernando SSN.
  • The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 22nd Annual academic sessions 2013. Third Prize in oral presentation for the paper titled "Proportion of fungal foot infections in patients with type 2 diabetes at a tertiary care hospital." Wijesuriya TM, Weerasekara MM, Kottahachchi J, Dissanayake MSS, Prathapan S, Gunasekara TDCP, Nagahawatte A, Guruge LD, Bulugahapitiya U, Fernando SSN.
  • L M V Attayagalle award forthe best paper. "Comparison of three skin disinfectant solutions used for skin preparation prior to spinal and epidural anaesthetic procedures in parturients at De soyza maternity hospital and castle street hospital for women. "B.P. Kudavidanage, T.D.C.P. Gunasekara, S.S.N. Fernando, D.F.D. Meedin, Abayadeera at the 23rd Annual scientific sessions of the college of anaesthesiologists of Sri Lanka

 

 

POST GRADUATE SUPERVISION


Doctor of Philosophy Degree

  • Dr. A.W.M.K.K. Bandara - Co - Supervisor of the PhD post graduate study of Dr. A.W.M.K.K. Bandara being conducted at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research - "Serology and molecular markers of leptospirosis in Western province Sri Lanka"
    Date of registration - 01/01/2013
    Status of work - PhD degree awarded 2016

  • Asanga Sampth - Co- supervisor of PhD post graduate study of Mr. Asanga Sampath being conducted at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research - "Analysis of Oral Candida genotypes in diabetic patients and its antifungal susceptibility"
    Date of registration -01/01/2015
    Status of work - lab work

 

Master of Philosophy

  • AMPS Arachchi- Principle supervisor of the MPhil post graduate study of Miss AMPS Arachchi being conducted at the Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research - "Association of selected HLA types, Cytokines and Bacterial Virulence Genes with Histological Severity and the Proportion of Clarithromycin Resistance Genes of Helicobacter pylori in Patients with Dyspepsia"
    Date of registration -01/07/2015
    Status of work - lab work

  • Thilini Nissansala Gamage -Principle supervisor of the MPhil post graduate study of Ms Thilini Nissansala Gamage being conducted at the Faculty of Graduate Studies,University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research -Role of TNF alpha gene, TNF alpha receptor gene polymorphism expression and its association to disease severity in leptospirosis
    Date of registration -1/04/2017
    Status of work - Lab work

  • Ayomi Dilhari Kolonnage- Co- supervisor of the MPhil post graduate study of Ayomi Dilhari Kolonnage being conducted at the Faculty of Graduate Studies,University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research - "Microbial Biofilm Profiling of Diabetic Chronic Wound Infections"
    Date of registration -01/07/2015
    Status of work - Lab work

  • Mudara Peiris - Co-supervisor of the M. Phil postgraduate study of Miss Mudara Peiris being conducted at the Faculty of Graduate studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research - Biological synthesis of Silver and Titanium dioxide nanoparticles and their antimicrobial properties
    Date of registration -01/10/2016
    Status of the work - Lab work

  • Hemavaruni Peiris - Co-supervisor of the M. Phil postgraduate study which is a collaborative study between department of Microbiology and Department of Chemistry, USJP. Student is registered at the Faculty of Graduate studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura
    Title of the research - Determination of Anti-microbial, Anti-oxidant and in vitro Anti-cancer Activity of Garcinol Capped Metal Nano Particles and Garcinol-Metal Complexes
    Date of registration - 01st of January 2018
    Status of the work - On going

 

Master of Science

  • R.M.P. Chamil Dhanushka Rajapaksha - Co-supervisor of the M.Sc. post graduate research project of Mr. Chamil Rajapaksha being conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Science, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka for M.Sc. In Nano Science and Nano Technology
    Title of the research : Improved bactericidal activity of Graphene oxide - Iron oxide nanocomposite against pathogenic bacteria
    Date of degree award :2016 (M.Sc. Awarded)

 

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS


2018

  • Arachchi, P.S., Weerasekera, M.M., Senevirathna, B., Weerasekera, D., Fernando, N. and Gunasekara, C.P. (2018), Association of tumor necrosis factor alpha gene polymorphisms with Helicobacter pyloriinfection in dyspeptic patients in Sri Lanka. Microbiol Immunol. pp1-7. doi:10.1111/1348-0421.12597 SCI
  • Fernando, S., Gunasekara, TDCP., & Holton, J. (2018). Antimicrobial Nanoparticles: applications and mechanisms of action. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases, 8 (1), 2-11. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v8i1.8167
  • Wijesinghe, G. et al., (2018). Antibacterial and anti-candida activity of chlorhexidine gluconate, Triphala and Munamal pothu (bark of Mimusops elengi). Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases. 8 (1), pp. 25-31. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/sljid.v8i1.8166
  • M.M.K. Peiris, S.S.N. Fernando, P.M. Jayaweera, N.D.H. Arachchi, T.D.C.P. Guansekara (2018) Comparison of Antimicrobial Properties of Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized from Selected Bacteria. Indian Journal of Microbiology. 58(3):301-311 DOI: 10.1007/s12088-018-0723-3 SCI
  • Kanchana Bandara, Chinthika Gunasekara, Manjula Weerasekera, Chamil Marasinghe, Nilantha Ranasinghe, and Neluka Fernando.(2018) Do the Th17 Cells Play a Role in the Pathogenesis of Leptospirosis?, Canadian Journal of infectious diseases and medical microbiology 2018 (2018) Article ID 9704532 : 5 pages SCI Expanded
  • Piyumali Sandareka Arachchi, Manjula Manoji Weerasekera, Bimalka Seneviratne, Deepaka Weerasekera, Neluka Fernando1 and Chinthika Prabhashinie Gunasekara. Imprint cytology: a useful screening test for diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori in resource poor settings. BMC Res Notes (2018) 11:481 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-018-3592-2
  • Piyumali Sandareka Arachchi, Chinthika Prabhasinie Gunasekara, Manjula Manoji Weerasekara, Bimalka Senevirathna, Deepaka Weerasekara and Neluka Fernando Expression of Gastrin-17, Pepsinogen I and II and Helicobacter Pylori IgG in Sri Lankan Dyspeptic patient population using gastropanel World Journal of Pharmaceutical Research Volume 7, Issue 5, 48-61 ISSN 2277-7105
  • Nisansala GGT, Muthusinghe D, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Ranasinghe KNP, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando PS, Koizumi N, Gamage CD. Isolation and characterization of Leptospira interrogans from two patients with leptospirosis in Western Province, Sri Lanka J Med Microbiol. 2018 Jul 19. SCI doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.000800.
  • MMK Peiris, TDCP Gunasekara, PM Jayaweera, SSN Fernando TiO2 Nanoparticles from Baker’s Yeast: A Potent Antimicrobial. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology 2018; 28(10): 1664~1670. SCI expanded

 

2017

 

2016

  • Asanga Sampath, Manjula Weerasekera, Chinthika Gunasekara, Ayomi Dilhari, Uditha Bulugahapitiya & Neluka Fernando (2016): A sensitive and a rapid multiplex polymerase chain reaction for the identification of Candida species in concentrated oral rinse specimens in patients with diabetes, Acta Odontologica Scandinavica Dec 2016 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00016357.2016.1265146 SCI
  • Piyumali Sandareka Arachchi, Chinthika Prabhashinie Gunasekara, Manjula Manoji Weerasekera, Nushka Lahiri Ubhayawarana, Deepaka Weerasekera, Kamani Samarasinghe, Bimalka Senevirathne, Neluka Fernando. Association between selected Human Leukocyte Antigen alleles and Helicobacter pylori infection among dyspeptic patients. International Journal of Enteric Pathogens 2016, 4(4):e37102
  • Manjula M Weerasekera, Gayan K Wijesinghe, Thilini A Jayarathna, Chinthika P Gunasekara, Neluka Fernando, Lakshman P Samaranayake. Culture media profoundly affect Candida albicans and Candida tropicalis growth, adhesion and biofilm development. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro: 1-6, 2016 SCI Kanchana Bandara, Manjula Manoji Weerasekera, Chinthika Gunasekara, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Chamil Marasinghe andNeluka Fernando. Utility of modified Faine’s criteria in diagnosis of leptospirosis.BMC Infectious diseases.2016 :16:446 SCI
  • Kanchana Kumari Bandara, Chinthika Prabhashinie Gunasekara, Manjula Manoji Weerasekera, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Menaka Hapugoda, Chamil Marasinghe and Neluka Fernando. Comparison of three rapid diagnostic assays for diagnosis of leptospirosis in a resource poor setting World Journal of Pharmaceutical research, (2016) 5(7) 1771-1780
  • Weerasekera MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando N, Kottachchi J, Wijesuriya TM, Bogahawatta A, Pathiraja R. Vulvovaginal Candidiasis in Patients presenting with Vaginal Discharge in a Sri Lankan Setting. J South Asian Feder Obst Gynae 2016;8(2):1-4
  • Ayomi Dilhari, Manjula M. Weerasekera, Anusha Siriwardhana, Oshanthi Maheshika, Chinthika Gunasekara, Sunil kulathilaka, Ajith Nagahawatte, Neluka Fernando, Candida infection in oral leukoplakia; an unperceived public health problem: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica. (2016) 19:1-5 SCI
  • Thisuri De Silva, Manjula Weerasekera*,Dhammika Edirisinghe, Chinthika Gunasekara, Asanga Sampath, Uditha Bulugahapitiya and Neluka Fernando. Patients with diabetes: their perception and practices towards oral health. World Journal of Pharmaceutical research, (2016) 5 (3):149-158

 

2015

  • Nushka L Ubhayawardana, Manjula M Weerasekera, Deepaka D Weerasekera, Kamani Samarasinghe, Chinthika P Gunasekera, Neluka Fernando. Detection of Clarithromycin Resistant Helicobacter pylori Strains in a Dyspeptic Patient Population in Sri Lanka by PCR-RFLP. Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology, (2015) 33(3): 374-377 DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.158557 SCI
  • Kanchana Kumari Bandara, Manjula Weerasekera, Chinthika P Gunasekara, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Chamil Marasinghe, Neluka Fernando. Molecular characterisation and disease severity of leptospirosis in Sri Lanka, MEM INST Oswaldo Cruz, Rio De Janeiro, 110(4) June 2015: 485-491 DOI 10.1590/0074-02760150070 SCI
  • N.L. Ubhayawardana, MM Weeraseakara. DD Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekara, SSN Fernando. Proportion of Helicobacter pylori among dyspeptic patients detected by molecular methods in a teaching hospital in Sri Lanka.International Journal of Enteric pathogens. 2015 3(4): e29796 DOI: 10.17795/ijep29796
  • T.M. Wijesuriya, J. Kottahachchi, T.D.C.P. Gunasekara, U. Bulugahapitiya, K.N.P. Ranasinghe, S.S. Neluka Fernando, M.M. Weerasekara. Aspergillus species: An emerging pathogen in onychomycosis among diabetics. Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism 2015 Vol 9 (6): 811-816 DOI : 10.4103/2230-8210.126556

 

2014

  • T.M Wijesuriya, M,M. Weerasekera, J.Kottachchi, U. Bulugahapitiya, MSS Disanayaka, S Prathapan, KNP Ranasinghe, TDCP Gunasekera, LD Guruge, A Nagahawatte, SSN Fenando. Proportion of Lower Limb Fungal Foot Infections in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Sri Lanka.Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism 2014 Vol 18 (1): P 63-69
  • WPSSS Perera, RSR Rajakulasooriya, M.M Weerasekera, J Kottahachchi, TDCP Gunasekera, LBAE Bogahawatta, SSN Fernando. Proportion of superficial fungal infections among members of the cleaning staff at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Sri Lanka Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2014 Vol.4(1):38-47

 

2013

  • PLR Gomes, S Hewageegana, J Kottahachchi, GIDDAD Athukorala, MM Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekera, DMBT Dissanayake, DFD Meedin, SSN Fernando. In vitro study to determine antimicrobial activity of selected Ayurvedic preparations against bacteria and fungi causing superficial skin infections. Sri Lanka Journal of Infectious Diseases. February 2013 1:32-39
  • MHJD Ariyaratne, TDCP Gunasekara, MM Weerasekara, J Kottahachchi, BP Kudavidanage, SSN Fernando. Knowledge, attitudes and practices of hand hygiene among final year medical and nursing students at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. Sri Lankan Journal of Infectious Diseases 2013 Vol.3(1);15-25

 

2012

  • T.D.C.P. Gunasekara, V.G.N.S. Velathnthiri, M.M. Weerasekara, S.S.N. Fernando, M.K. Peelawattage, D. Guruge ."Knowledge, attitudes and practices of Dengue fever among a suburban population in Sri Lanka" Galle Medical journal (2012).

 

2009

  • B.P. Kudavidanage, T.D.C.P. Gunasekera, S.S.N. Fernando, D.F.D. Meedin, A. Abayadeera. Comparison of three skin disinfectant solutions used for skin preparation prior to spinal and epidural anaesthetic procedures in parturients at De Soyza Maternity Hospital and Castle street Hospital for women. Sri Lankan Journal of Anaesthesiology 17(1):5 - 10 2009
  • T.D.C.P. Gunasekera, B.P. Kudavidanage, M.K. Peelawattage, F. Meedin, L.D. Guruge, G. Nanayakkara, M. Nanayakkara, S.S.N. Fernando. Bacterial contamination of anaesthetists hands, personal mobile phones and wrist watches used during theatre sessions. Sri Lanka Journal of Anaesthesiology. 17(1): 11 - 15 2009.

 

 

BOOKS


Neluka Fernando, Manjula Weerasekera and Chinthika Gunasekara. General Microbiology for paramedical undergraduates. First Edition. 2015. ISBN 978-955-50559-2-5

 

 

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS


2018

  • Chinthika Gunasekara, Kozo Watanabe, Takeshi Tsubata. Reactive oxygen species play a role in endosomal B cell antigen receptor (BCR) signalling. FIMSA 2018, "Crosstalk between Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Health and Disease" 10-13 November, 2018, Bangkok ABS 105
  • Gamage GGTN, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera MM, Gamage CD, Ranasinghe KNP, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando SSN, Chandrasekharan NV. Absolute quantification method to detect bacterial load in Leptospirosis: Evagreen chemistry based quantitative PCR assay. Poster presentation at General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University (KDU) Mayo Clinic USA Internatioinal Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplant Medicine and Oncology conference. Held on 9th and 10th February 2018 at University Hospital General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University
  • Nisanasala GGT, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera MM, Ranasinghe KNP, Gamage CD, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando SSN, Chandrasekharan NV Association of Leptospiraemia and Disease Severity in Leptospirosis. Proceedings of 131th Anniversary International Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association held at the Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 27th - 29th July 2018
  • Sampath MKA, Gunasekara TDCP, Jayasekera PP, Bulugahapititya U, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM. The role of ERG II gene expression for flucanazole resistance among Candida albicans isolates, isolated from Candidaemia patients (OP1) International conference on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance "Communication and collaboration for clinical excellence" held at Hotel Taj Samudra Colombo on 8th to 11th August 2018
  • Dilhari KAA, Pathirage S, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera DD, MacBain AJ, Weerasekera MM. Polymicrobial etiology of infected chronic diabetic wounds. (OP13) International conference on infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance "Communication and collaboration for clinical excellence" held at Hotel Taj Samudra Colombo on 8th to 11th August 2018
  • Nisansala GGT, Weerasekera MM, Ranasinghe KNP, Gamage CD, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP. A significant association between Tumour Necrosis Factor-alpha expression and the development of severe clinical outcomes in leptospirosis Federation of Immunological societies of Asia-Oceania (FIMSA) congress 2018 held at Mandarin Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand, 10-13 November 2018
  • Peiris M.M.K., Gunasekara T.D.C.P., Arachchi N.D.H., Jayaweera P.M. and Fernando S.S.N Synthesis and characterization of bacteria-mediated silver nanoparticles. RISTCON 2018, 5th Ruhunu International Science and Technology Conference, University of Ruhuna, 15th Feb. 2018.
  • Nisansala GGT, Bandara AWMK, Weerasekara MM, Ranasinghe KNP, Gamage CD, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP. Age as a determining factor for development of severe leptospirosis: A comparison of disease outcome in young, middle-aged and older adults. Ceylon collage of Physicians, 51st Annual academic Sessions 12-15 September 2018 Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Ubayagunawardene DLNL, Nisansala GGT, Arachchi PS, Rajakaruna K, Wanigasekera DK, Gunasekara D, Senevirathne MBS, Weerasekara D, Weerasekara MM, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP. Clinicopathological features of patients with gastric carcinoma and status of Helicobacter pylori infection. Ceylon collage of Physicians, 51st Annual academic Sessions 12-15 September 2018 Galadari Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.Dilhari KAA, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera DD, Fernando SSN, Pathirage S, McBain AJ, Weerasekera MM Efficacy of three visualization techniques: fluorescent in situ hybridization, gram staining and scanning electron microscopy in identifying biofilm involvement of infected chronic wounds International Conference on Health Sciences Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo
  • Nisansala GGT, Muthusinghe D, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera MM, Ranasinghe KNP, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando SSN, Gamage CD. Isolation and characterization of Leptospira interrogans from clinically suspected leptospirosis patients from selected hospitals in Western Province, Sri Lanka International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo
  • Sampath MKA, Weerasekera MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Dilhari KAA, Bulugahapitiya U, Fernando SSN Identification accuracy of oral Candida species from patients with diabetes by phenotypic and molecular methods. International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo.
  • Liyanage HLRP,Senavirathne GLPM, Siriwardene MA, Peiris MMK, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Kudavidanage BP, Hewageema HGSP, Gunasekara TDCP Formulation of an oral rinse containing Garcinia zeylanica aqueous extract and determination of its efficacy against Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumonia and Acinetobacter baumannii International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo.
  • Nayomi KGS, Sandeepani THG, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Palliyaguru NPLN, Kumarasinghe U, Jayaweera PM Iron oxide (Fe3O4) Magnetic nanoparticles coated with Garcinia cambogia aqueous extract: A potential antibiofilm agent. International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo.
  • Peiris MMK, Gunasekara TDCP, Arachchi NDH, Jayaweera PM, Fernando SSN Green synthesized sliver nanoparticles as a potential anti-biofilm agent. International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo.
  • Arachchi AMPS, Weerasekera MM, Senevirathne MBS, Weerasekera D, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP Imprint cytology: A supportive diagnostic method for Helicobacter pylori in dyspeptic patients. International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo.
  • Fernando HN, Kumarasinghe UR, Gunasekera TDCP, Fernando SSN, Jayaweera PM, Rajapaksha S. SSN Determination of the antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of garcinol capped sliver nanoparticles. International Conference on Health Sciences, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP 7th - 9th October, 2018 Waters Edge, Colombo.
  • Peiris MMK, Gunasekara TDCP, Jayaweera PM, Fernando SSN TiO2 nanoparticles from bakers yeast; a potent antimicrobial Proceedings of the 3rd international research symposium on pure and applied sciences, Faculty of Science University of Kelaniya OP227.
  • Thilini Nisansala, Manjula Weerasekera, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Chandika Gamage, Chamil Marasinghe, Neluka Fernando, Chinthika Gunasekera A significant association between tumour necrosis factor-alpha expression and the development of severe clinical outcomes in leptospirosis. FIMSA 2018, "Crosstalk between Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Health and Disease" 10-13 November, 2018, Bangkok ABS127
  • Kanchana Bandara, Chinthika Gunasekera, Manjula Weerasekera, Chamil Marasinghe, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Neluka Fernando Cytokine response in leptospirosis suggest a role for TH17 involvement. FIMSA 2018, "Crosstalk between Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Health and Disease" 10-13 November, 2018, Bangkok ABS 141
  • H.N. Fernando, U.R. Kumarasinghe, T.D.C.P. Gunasekara, S.S.N. Fernando, P.M. Jayaweera, and S.P. Rajapaksha,Evaluation of the antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles capped with garcinol, extracted from Garcinia quaesita Pierre. SLAAS, Sri Lanka Association for the Advancement of Science, Proceedings of the 74th Annual Session, 2018. 604/E2/Poster.
  • RSR Rajakulasooriya, HK Deeyagahage, GGT Nisansala, BP Kudavidanage, TDCP Gunasekara. Optimization of a Multiplex PCR for the identification of Acinetobacter species isolated from clinical specimens : A preliminary study. Oral presentation at the 19thConference on Postgraduate Research : International Postgraduate Rsearch Conference 2018 - Faculty of Graduate studies, University of Kelaniya

 

Scientific Magazines

  • A Nano Approach to Combat Microbes by S S Neluka Fernando, Chinthika P Gunasekera and John Holton. The Sri Lankan Scientists Vol 4 issue 2 2018 ISSN 24207306.

 

2017

  • Dilhari KAA, Pathirage S, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera DD, Bulugahapitiya U, Weerasekera MM. Salmonella paratyphi A as an unusual pathogen isolated form an infected diabetic wound. Poster presentation (pp30) at the National Health Research symposium 2017 organised by the Education, Training and research unit, Ministry of health, nutrition and indigenous medicine at BMICH on 4th December 2017.
  • Peiris MMK, Gunasekara TDCP, Arachchi NDH, Jayaweera PM, Fernando SSN Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using different bacteria: Do the synthesized nanoparticles differ in their antimicrobial activity? Oral presentation (OP11) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in collaboration with Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital and Base Hospital Homagama at Golden Rose Hotel, Boralasgamuwa held on 24th and 25th May 2017.
  • Dilhari KAA, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera DD, Bulugahapitiya U, Pathirage S, Sissions CH, McBain AJ, Weerasekera MM. Development and validation of a reference marker for identification of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria associated with diabetes chronic wound ulcers using PCR denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis. Oral presentation (OP8) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017
  • Wijesinghe GK, Dilhari KAA, Buddhika G, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Kottegoda N, Samaranayaka LP, Weerasekera MM Impact of routine laboratory culture media on in-vitro biofilm formation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Enterococcus faecalis. Oral presentation (OP9) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017
  • Wijekoon HPSK, Ekanayaka EMAK, Peiris MMK, Arachchi NDH, Palliyaguru L, Kumarasinghe UR, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Jayaweera PM Antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles capped with crude extract of Garcinia zeylanica and garcinol Poster presentation PP32 Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017.
  • Senevirathne MAL, Anuradha UK, Peiris MMK, Hewageegana HGSP, Arawwala LADM, Siriwardhene MA, Dabare PLR, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP Formulation of a Garcinia zeylanica herbal aqueous cream as a potential antiseptic and determination of the antimicrobial activity in vitro Poster presentation (PP33) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017.
  • Gamage GGTN, Bandara AWMK, Marasinghe MGCP, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP Optimization of a real time PCR for quantification of Leptospira bacterial loads in patients using SYBR green based real time PCR. Poster presentation (PP34) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017.
  • Arachchi AMPS, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera D, Senevirathna MBS, Gunasekara TDCP Dietary patterns and behavioural risk factors in Helicobacter pylori infection in a Sri Lankan dyspeptic patient population. Poster presentation (PP37) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017.
  • Mathanamohan J, Kaleel FF, Hyderaly H, Imthiyaz I, Unais R, Gamage GGTN, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Liyanage T, Gunasekara TDCP Are farmers award of Leptospirosis? A survey among farming community in Colombo District. Poster presentation (PP12) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017
  • Nushkiya MKF, Sumaiya MAF, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM, Gunasekara TDCP. Assessment of bacterial contamination of Sri Lankan currency notes (PP21) Proceedings of the Scientific sessions 2017 by the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura held on 24th and 25th May 2017
  • Bandara AWMKK, Weerasekera MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Hapugoda MD, Ranasighe KNP, Marasinghe MGCP, Fernando SSN. Modified Faines criteria a useful diagnostic tool in resource poor settings. 10th International Leptospirosis Society Conference. Oral presentation Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand held on 27th November to 1st December 2017
  • Marasinghe MGCP, Bandara AWMKK, Weerasekera MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Ranasinghe N, Hapugoda MD, Fernando SSN. Predictors of disease severity of Leptospirosis on admission : A Sri Lankan study 10th International Leptospirosis Society Conference. Oral presentation Massey University, Palmerston North New Zealand held on 27th November to 1st December 2017 

 

2016

  • Rajapaksha RMPCD, Abeykoon AI, Raguparan V, Madushani LHPM, Katuwavila NP, Jayaweera V, Gunasekara C, Weerasinghe L, Perera IC. Synthesis of novel grapheme oxide-iron nano-composite and comparison of its antimicrobial activity against selected medically important bacteria. Oral Presentation. Proceedings of the 3rd ASEAN Association of Schools of Medical Technology (AASMT) Conference 2016 "ASEAN MT Education in 21st Century" held on 3- 5th November 2016, SD Avenue Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. A-06
  • Dilhari KAA, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera DD, Bulugahapitiya U, Pathirage S, Sissons CH, McBain AJ, Weerasekera MM. Chronic wounds in Diabetes : Molecular profiling of bacterial community and biofilm architecture. Oral presentation 9. At the proceedings of the 49th Annual academic sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians held on 22nd - 24th September 2016 at Cinnamon Grand Colombo.
  • Jayarathna PDTA, Wijesinghe GK, Kottegoda N, Gunasekara TDCP, Fernando SSN, Samaranayake LP, Weerasekera MM. Antibiofilm effect of Ayurvedic preperations : Tripala churna and aqueous extract of Mimusops elengi bark. Proceedings of the 49th Annual academic sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians held on 22nd to 24th September 2016. (Poster Presentation) PP25
  • Arachchi MPS, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Ubayawardana DLNL, Samarasinghe K, Gunasekara TDCP Association of Helicobacter pylori infection and virulence factors with selected Human Leucocyte Antigen DQA1 and DQB1 alleles among dyspeptic patients. Oral presentation at the 7th International Conference on Biotechnology, Bio Informatics, Bio Medical Sciences and Stem Cell Applications organized by the Global Research and Development Services at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore on 11th and 12th November 2016.
  • Dilrukshi KPR, Willaddara RP, Dilhari KAA, Gunasekara TDCP, Karunathilaka AHTS, Nagahawatta A, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM. In vitro evaluation of virulent factors of Candida albicans and its association with selected host factors in oral leukoplakia. Oral presentation at the 5th Annual Conference and Scientific sessions of the Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology (SSM) at Oak Ray Regency Hotel Kandy 21st October 2016.
  • Raguparan V, Madushani LHPM, Weerasekera MM, Kudavidanage BP, Kalubowila D, Hewageegana HGSP, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP. Antimicrobial activity of selected herbal and chemical disinfectants against Acinetobacter species causing ventilator associated pneumonia. Poster presentation at the 5th Annual Conference and Scientific sessions of the Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology (SSM) at Oak Ray Regency Hotel Kandy 21st October 2016.
  • V Raguparan, LHPM Madushani, M.M. Weerasekera, BP Kudavidanage, D Kalubowila, HGSP Hewageegana, S.S.N. Fernando, T.D.C.P. Gunasekara Bacterial biofilm inhibition by selected herbal and chemical disinfectants against Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Acinetobacter baumannii Proceedings of the ICAUST held on 9th - 10th December 2016 at Institute of Indigenous Medicine, University of Colombo, Rajagiriya
  • Wijesinghe GK. Jayarathna TA, Gunasekara CP, Fernando N, Kottegoda N, Weerasekera MM. Invitro biofilm formation of Candida species : Impact of different sugars, its concentrations and effect of two ayurvedic preperations. Proceedings of the Global Research and Development services 12th International conference on biotechnology, Bio Informatics, Bio Medical Sciences and Stem cell applications on 9th and 10th December 2016 at Linton University College, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Bandara AWMKK, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Ranasinghe KNP, Marasinghe MGCP, Gunasekara TDCP. Serum cytokines : a potential biomarker in leptospirosis? Proceedings of the 49th Annual academic sessions of the Ceylon College of Physicians held on 22nd to 24th September 2016. (Poster Presentation) PP 03
  • Kudavidanage B, Munasinghe C, Ranawake G, Gunasekara TDCP. Acute renal failure: Assessment of risk factors among postoperative patients in a tertiary care hospital in Sri Lanka. (Poster presentation PR385) 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists held 28 August - 2 September 2016 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong. Published in September 2016 in Anesthesia & Analgesia volume 123 issue 3s_Suppl-p59
  • Ubhayawardana DLNL, Weerasekera MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Samarasekera K, Weerasekera DD, Fernando SSN. Helicobacter pylori infection: Correlation to disease severity, Clarithromycin resistance in a Sri Lankan setting. The abstract has been accepted for an oral presentation at the "17th International Congress on Infectious Diseases" Hyderabad, India from March 2 to 5, 2016. Oral presentation
  • M.K.A. Sampath, M. M. Weerasekera, TDCP. Gunasekera, K.A.A. Dihari, U. Bulugahapitiya, S.S.N. fernando,. Oral candidiasis in patients with type 2 diabetes: comparision of a novel multiplex PCR and chrom agar in identification. "17th International Congress on Infectious Diseases" Hyderabad, India from March 2 to 5, 2016.poster
  • Senarathna ULNH, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera MM, Wickrama WDSA, Perera MKR, Arachchi NDH, Jayaweera PM. TiO2 21 nm nanoparticles as a photocatalytic antimicrobial agent against E. coli, Candida albicans and Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus : a comparison. Annual Academic sessions, Faculty of Medical Sciences, USJP, oral presentation (OP 5) 2016. April 7-8
  • MMK Peiris, ULNH Senarathna, TDCP Gunasekara, M.M. Weerasekara, NDH Arachchi, PM Jayaweera and SSN Fernando Use of green silver nano-particles as an antimicrobial agent - A preliminary study. 5 th Annual Conference & Scientific Sessions Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology (SSM) 21 st Oct. 2016 vol 4
  • Wijesighe GK, Jayarathna PDTA, Gunasekera TDCP, Kottegoda N, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM. Influence of culture medium on in-vitro biofilm formation by Candida species Proceedings of the Annual Scientific sessions 2016, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Collaboration with Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, oral presentation (OP 2) 2016. April 7-8
  • Sumaiha MHF, Damayanthi MKS, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Gunasekera TDCP. "Evaluation of a simple and rapid microscopy technique for detection of leptospira." Proceedings of the Annual Scientific sessions 2016, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Collaboration with Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, poster presentation 2016. April 7-8.
  • Dilhari KAA, Gunasekara TDCP, Siriwardhana SJAP, Maheshika LO, Karunathilaka AHTS, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM. Candida Infection in Oral Leukoplakia: Site of infection, etiology and effect of smoking, betel chewing and alcohol consumption. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific sessions 2016, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Collaboration with Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, poster presentation 2016. April 7-8
  • Karunanayake IU, Premathilake NR, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Pathiraja R, Gunasekara TDCP. Are we satisfy with what we know about Human Papilloma virus (HPV) and HPV vaccine. Proceedings of the Annual Scientific sessions 2016, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Collaboration with Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital, poster presentation 2016. April 7-8
  • Premathilake NR, Karunanayake IU, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Pathiraja R, Gunasekara TDCP Perceptions and practices on Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection and HPV vaccine among women attending gynaecology clinic and antenatal clinic at the Colombo South Teaching Hospital. Poster presentation (PP 006) Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 129th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2016. 24th to 27th July 2016 (Page 153) Hotel Galadari
  • Jayarathna PDTA, Wijesighe GK, Weerasekera MM, Gunasekera TDCP, Fernando SSN, Kottegoda N. Effect of natural sugars and an artificial sweetner on Biofilm formation of Candida species. Oral presentation (OPO38) Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 129th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2016. 24th to 27th July 2016. (Page 124-125)
  • Arachchi AMPS, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Ubayawardana DLNL, Weerasekara D, Samarasinghe K, Senevirathna MBS, Gunasekara TDCP. Association of selected HLA DQA1*0102, HLA-DQA1* 0103 and HLA-DQB1*0301 with the presence of H. pylori infection and disease severity among dyspeptic patients. Poster presentation (PP 059) Proceedings of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 129th Anniversary International Medical Congress 2016. 24th to 27th July 2016 (Page 184-185)
  • Sampath MAK, Gunasekara C, Fernando N, Bulugahapitiya U, Weerasekera M. Proportion of patients with type 2 diabetes who are at risk of developing oral Candida infection in a Sri Lankan setting: a molecular based identification. Poster presentation (PP06) Proceedings of the Endocrine congress 2016 held by Sri Lanka College of Endocrinologists in collaboration with South Asian Federation of Endocrine societies. 12-14th August 2016. Abstract

 

2015

  • Abeykoon, AI, Weerasekara MM, Fernando SSN, Gunasekara TDCP. HBV and HIV seropositivity, knowledge, attitudes, practices on disease transmission among funeral industry workers in selected districts of Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the International conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches - 2015.11th - 12th September 2015 Page 60 (Poster presentation)
  • Sampath MKA, Gunasekara TDCP, Kottahachchi J, Dilhari KAA, Bulugahapitiya U, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM. Use of a multiplex PCR to identify Candida species in concentrated oral rinse samples of patients with diabetes. Proceedings of the International conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches - 2015.11th - 12th September 2015 Page 33 (Oral presentation)
  • AWMKK Bandara, MM Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekera, KNP Ranasinghe, MGCP Marasinghe, N Dikmadugoda, MPK Jayalath, AGunapala, SSN Fernando.Molecular epidemiology of leptospirosis in western and southern provinces in Sri Lanka.Proceedings of the Scientific sessions, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri jayawardenapura Sri Lanka. Volume 2 Held on 2nd April 2015.
  • Abeykoon AI, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekara MM, Fernando SSN. Knowledge attitudes and practices on infection control among funeral industry workers in selected provinces in Sri Lanka. Proceedings of the Scientific sessions, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Sri Jayewardenepura Sri Lanka. Volume 2 PP 12. Held on 2nd April 2015.
  • DTN De Silva, RMSD Edirisinghe, MM Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekera, SSN Fernando, U Bulugahapitiya. Diabetic patients; their knowledge, practices and attitudes regarding oral health. Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences.Volume 2.Held on 2nd April 2015.
  • K Ragunathan, NDM Radhika, DPP Gunathilaka, MM Weerasekera, S Hewageegana, SSN Fernando, TDCP Gunasekara. Antimicrobial activities of selected herbs and two herbal decoctions against Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences. Volume 2. Held on 2nd April 2015.
  • KAA Dilhari, SJAP Siriwardhana, LO Maheshika, TDCP Gunasekera, AHTS Karunathilaka, SSN Fernando, MM Weerasekera. A Preliminary study on Oral Leukoplakia-Candida Associated Leukoplakia and risk factors.Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences. Volume 2 Held on 2nd April 2015.
  • DLNL Ubhayawardana, DD Weerasekera, SSN Fernando, AKishokumar, IWMP Wanigasooriya, MM Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekera, K Samarasinghe. Histological findings in a Helicobacter pylori infected dyspeptic patient population. Proceedings of Annual Scientific Sessions of Faculty of Medical Sciences.Volume 2 Held on 2nd April 2015.
  • Wijesuriya TM, Kottahachchi J, Gunasekara TDCP, Bulugahapitiya U, Ranasinghe KNP, Fernando SSN, Weerasekera MM. Risk of onychomycosis in diabetic patients in Colombo South Teaching Hospital. Proceedings of the 7th Annual academic sessions of the Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka in Collaboration with the endocrine society of USA. Held on 1 - 4th October 2015 at Hotel Galadari Colombo. PP28
  • Radhika NDM, Gunathilake DPP, Ragunathan K, Gunasekara TDCP, Weerasekera MM, Fernando SSN, Arawwala LADM, Hewageegana HGSP Antifungal activities of selected plant extracts against Candida albicans and Candida Parapsilosis. Engineering Social Transformation through Research and development. Annual Research Symposium 2015. National center for advanced studies in humanities and Social sciences. Held between 8th -9th June 2015 Oral presentation
  • Gunasekara TDCP, AWMK Bandara, MM Weerasekara, KNP Ranasinghe, C. Marasinghe, SSN Fernando. Molecular epidemiology, serology and clinical presentations of Leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. International conference on advances in healthcare and life sciences (ICAHL) Global Research and Development Services held on 5th and 6th January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. (Abstract of oral presentation) http://globalresearchbangkok.blogspot.com/2014/09/icahl.html
  • Weerasekara MM, TM Wijesooriya, TDCP Gunasekara, U Bulugahapitiya, J Kottahachchi, SSN Fernando. Superficial fungal foot infections: Aetiology and risk factors among diabetic patients in Sri Lanka. International conference on advances in healthcare and life sciences (ICAHL) Global Research and Development Services held on 5th and 6th January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. (Abstract of oral presentation) http://globalresearchbangkok.blogspot.com/2014/09/icahl.html
  • Fernando SSN, N. Ubayawardene, MM Weerasekara, TDCP Gunasekara, D. Athukorale, D. Weerasekara. Helicobacter pylori, risk factors, and resistance to clarithryomycin among dyspeptic patients in Sri Lanka. International conference on advances in healthcare and life sciences (ICAHL) Global Research and Development Services held on 5th and 6th January 2015, Bangkok, Thailand. (Abstract of oral presentation) http://globalresearchbangkok.blogspot.com/2014/09/icahl.html

 

2014

  • Kottahachchi J, Fernando SSN, Wijesuriya TM, PAthiraja RP, GunasekeraTDCP, Kumarasinghe H, N Agahawatte A, Lokuliyana RM, Bogahawatta A, Weerasekera MM, Proprotion of vulvovaginal candidiasis and antifungal susceptibility pattern of the isolates from patients attending gynaecologyclinic at Colombo South Teaching Hospital (CSTH).Poster presentation at Annual Sessions, Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists 2014, Vol. 12:1
  • DLNL Ubhayawardana, M.M Weerasekera, DD Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekera, AKishokumar, IWMP Wanigasooriya, A Bogahawaththa, K. Samarasinghe, SSN Fernando. Is clarithromycin resistant Helicobacter pylori a problem in Sri Lanka? 127th Anniversary International Medical congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association. 15th -18th July 2014
  • Kanchana Bandara, Manjula Weerasekara, Chinthika Gunasekara, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Chamil Marasinghe, Nilanka Perera, Anura Gunapala, Tharanga Liyanarachchi, Priyantha Jayalath, Neluka Fernando. Leptospirosis: Clinical profile and outcome in critical care settings in Sri Lanka. Annual Scientific Sessions of the Faculty of critical care. 21 June 2014.
  • Kanchana Bandara, Chinthika Gunasekara, Manjula Weerasekara, Nilantha Ranasinghe, Menaka Hapugoda, Chamil Marasinghe, Nilanka Perera, Anura Gunapala, Nandana Dickmadugoda, Priyantha Jayalath, F.G. Siwagnanam, Neluka Fernando. Evaluation of Three Commercial Rapid Immunochromatographic Kits for the Presumptive Identification of Leptospirosis in Sri Lanka. Poster presentation at International Conference on Multidisciplinary Approaches. 13 - 14 August 2014

 

2013

  • AWMKK Bandara, MGCP Marasinghe, MM Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekara, Pavitra MAT, KNP Ranasinghe, MPK Jayalath, N Dickmadugoda, M Hapugoda, A Gunapala, FG Siwagnanam, SSN Fernando. Expediency of clinical and basic laboratory data to early diagnsosi of leptospirosis: A descriptive preliminary study. Second Annual Conference and Scientific Sessions of SSM-2013 Vol 1:16
  • AWMKK Bandara, MGCP Marasinghe, MM Weerasekera, TDCP Gunasekara, KNP Ranasinghe, MPK Jayalath, N Dickmadugoda, M Hapugoda, A Gunapala, FG Siwagnanam, SSN Fernando. Diagnosis of Leptospirosis:- A Preliminary Study. Annual Academic Sessions. College of Physician, 13th September 2013
  • WPSS Perera, RSR Rajakulasooriya, MM Weerasekara, J Kottahachchi, TDCP Gunasekara, LBAE Bogahawatta and SSN Fernando Proportion of superficial fungal infections among the cleaning staff members at the University of Sri Jayawardenepura. General Sir John Kotalawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. Annual International Symposium 2013 on 22nd and 23rd August 2013.
  • T.M Wijesuriya, M.M. Weerasekera, J.Kottachchi, U. Bulugahapitiya, MSS Disanayaka, S Prathapan, KNP Ranasinghe, TDCP Gunasekera, LD Guruge, A Nagahawatte, SSN Fenando. Lower Limb Fungal Foot Infections in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Sri Lanka.126th Anniversary Scientific Medical Congress of the Sri Lanka Medical Association 12th July 2013
  • T.M Wijesuriya, M.M. Weerasekera, J.Kottachchi, MSS Disanayaka, S Prathapan, TDCP Gunasekera, A Nagahawatte, LD Guruge, U. Bulugahapitiya, SSN Fenando. Proportion of Fungal Foot Infections in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Sri Lanka.The Bulletin of Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists.Volume 11(1) 2013.
  • Hewageegna HGSP, Arawwala LADM, Fernando PIPK, Kottahachchi J, Atukorala GIDAD, Weerasekara MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Dissanayake DMBT, Basnayaka P, Dhammarathana I, Ariyawansa HAS, Tissera MHA, Fernando SSN. Standardization and evaluation of antibacterial activity of Vipadikaharagritataila.International conference of Unani, Ayurveda, Siddha and Traditional Medicine on Natural Solution for Health challenges, December 2013.
  • Hewageegna HGSP, Arawwala LADM, Kottahachchi J, Atukorala GIDAD, Weerasekara MM, Gunasekara TDCP, Dissanayake DMBT, Basnayaka P, Dhammarathana I, Ariyawansa HAS, Tissera MHA, Fernando SSN.Berberisceylanica Schneider: Quantification of Berberine content and antimicrobial activity. International conference of Unani, Ayurveda, Siddha and Traditional Medicine on Natural Solution for Health challenges, December 2013.
  • TDCP Gunasekara, P Perera, M Weerasekara, PLR Gomes, SSN Fernando, Neonatal Septicaemia : Analysis of causative organisms and antimicrobial susceptibility in a tertiary care hospital. Sri Lanka college of microbiologists, March 2004.

 

 

TRAINING AND SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS ATTENDED


  • Eukaryotic pathogen Database usage distance learning course. Organized by Eukaryotic pathogen database resource centre, University of Pennsylvania USA and Department of Parasitology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka on 8 - 10th September 2015 at the Faculty of Medical Sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
  • Issues related to ethical review protocols - FERCSL organized by the Forum for Ethics Review Committees Sri Lanka (FERCSL) Sri Lanka Medical Association, 24th July 2015
  • Clinical Immunology update 2013 of the UK-Sri Lanka Immunology Foundation in collaboration with the Ceylon college of Physicians 10th September 2013. Colombo Sri Lanka.
  • The International Summer Programme 2010 : Infection and Immunity. 6th - 8th September 2010. Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Tokyo Japan.
  • The International Summer Programme 2009 : Recent Advances in Cancer Research 7th - 9th September 2009. Tokyo Medical and Dental University. Tokyo Japan.
  • The 7th Surugadai International Symposium and Advanced Course of Bio Medical Science. Tokyo medical and Dental University, Tokyo Japan. 16th to 18th November 2008.
  • Intensive Preperatory Programme in Japanese Language and culture for graduate students. Tokyo medical and Dental University, Tokyo, Japan. April - September 2007.
  • Stress Management Organized by FMTA under Staff Development programme, Microbiology Seminar room 19th April, .2006
  • Workshop on Writing health research proposals for university academic staff members in Medical faculties. Conducted by National research council, Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka. 14th and 15th July 2005.
  • IRQUE (Improving the Relevance and Quality Undergraduate Education Research) workshop
  • curriculum revision- preparatory workshop Ceylon Continental hotels- Colombo 6, 7, 8th March 2005
  • IRQUE workshop - curriculum revision- assessment workshop 4 Ceylon continental hotels- Colombo, 5, 6th August 2005
  • World Health Organization / TDR Advanced course on Immunology, Vaccinology and Biotechnology applied to infectious disease, Lausanne, Switzerland September to October 2004.
  • Certificate course in Gene Technology, Genentech school of Gene technology, Colombo. (Distinction awarded). May 20th - June 3rd 2004.
  • In-house training in Laboratory Management, Genentech School of Gene technology, Colombo. 4th June to 11th June 2004.
  • Workshop on Use of computer software in research - Theory and application conducted by Computer center, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. 16th and 23rd July 2004.
  • Basics of Medical Education, The Medical Education Center, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka. 17 - 26 August 2004.
  • Workshop on Microbiological Laboratory Techniques- Conducted by Dr. John Holton (Royal Free and University College London) at the Department of Microbiology, Faculty of medical sciences University of Sri Jayewardenepura 2003.
  • Laboratory training in Cell culture, virus and antibody detection and Polymerase chain reaction at St. George’s Hospital Medical School, University of London. 1st March to 28th March 2002.
  • Dengue Molecular biology workshop conducted by Dr. John Aaskov, Director WHO collaborative centre for Arbovirus Reference and Research, Queensland University of Technology, Australia at Department of Microbiology, University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka 22 October to 8th November 2001.

 

 

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES


  • Member of Sri Lankan Society for Microbiology
  • Member of Allergy and Immunology Society of Sri Lanka (L0205)
  • Member of SLAAS